UPDATE 6:36 pm: Chris Gutierrez wins at 4:27 of the second round by TKO by leg kick, the 10th time in UFC history someone has won via leg kick TKO.
Tonight’s UFC on ESPN 9 card at the UFC Apex venue in Las Vegas has a featherweight matchup with Chris Gutierrez taking on Vince Morales, and it’s one of the most even fights on the card according to oddsmakers and bettors.
Though most of the tickets are on Gutierrez, the bigger money is on Morales, making for an unusual split. It’s moved Morales slightly towards being less of an underdog, and at one point this match was exactly even at -112 for both fighters. We’ll see where the late money moves the fight.
Gutierrez enters tonight with a 14-4-1 record, with six stoppages by KO/TKO, one by submission, and seven by decision. His four losses include just one submission and three decisions, and enters the fight averaging 3.65 significant strikes per minute in his three UFC fights.
“Vandetta” Morales has a 9-4 record, with seven stoppages (five by KO/TKO, two submissions). He’s just 1-2 in the UFC, landing 4.93 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 7.53 during those three fights.
Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Chris Gutierrez vs. Vince Morales at UFC on ESPN on May 30th:
Chris Gutierrez: Opened at -125, now at -115 — 47% handle, 61% bets
Vince Morales: Opened at -103, now at -108 — 53% handle, 39% bets
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